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For The Love Of (or, the Roller Derby Play) – a world premiere

When Joy, a driftless young woman, gets on the Brooklyn Scallywags and meets the star, Lizzie Lightning, she and her long-term partner Michelle find their lives turned upside down. For the Love Of asks how much you’re willing to sacrifice – or lose – in order to follow your heart. This world premiere play by Gina Femia, a Brooklyn born and based playwright whose work has been presented in more than 30 festivals locally, nationally and internationally, will open March 16 under the direction of Rachel Edwards Harvith. Press opening is March 20, 2017. Pride Films and Plays Artistic Director Nelson Rodriguez says, “In an era when women’s rights and autonomy are threatened, I am thrilled for PFP to present For the Love Of. Femia’s superb writing, diverse all-female cast of characters, and representation of contemporary queer women is anchored by Joy’s journey of realizing she has the authority, confidence, and passion to find fulfillment in herself. This play is one hell of ride in which we see that love and roller derby are both contact sports.” For the Love Of”s design team includes Elyse Balogh (Set), G. Max Maxin IV (Lights), Uriel Gomez (Costumes), Melanie Vitaterna (Props), Heath HaysMore…

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His & His III

Over the course of  his season, His and His followed the development of gay characters on Broadway. If you missed the first two parts, no worries. Chris will catch you up on what you need to know. The first part of the evening will feature work from new musicals, or musicals with a Chicago connection.  Part II celebrates famed Broadway composer Andrew Lippa. Christopher Pazdernik curates and directs. Nick Sula is the musical director, and the all-star cast includes Scott Gryder, Jordan Dell Harris, James Nedrud, and Stephen Schellhardt.Tickets for His & His III on April 11 at 7:30 are $25 for Reserved Center Section Seats, or $20 for general admission. They can be reserved at 1 800 737 0984 or here. On March 30, 1970, the history of musical theater was changed forever with just two words from Lauren Bacall on opening night of Applause, the musical version of All About Eve. When she said “Bring him!” to her hairdresser Duane, Broadway finally had its first openly gay character in a musical paving the way for shows from La Cage Aux Follies to Fun Home.   Don’t miss this one night only special event!

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Charles Busch in ‘That Girl, That Boy’

Pride Arts Center presents Charles Busch; That Girl, That Boy in The Broadway in the Pride Arts Center for two nights only on January 29 and 30, 2017. This is the first time this theatrical legend will play his solo show in Chicago. The performance is at The Broadway, part of the Pride Arts Center, at 4139 N Broadway. Charles Busch, two-time MAC Award winner, Tony nominee, and drag legend, brings an eclectic program of songs both contemporary and from the past. New York Times critic Stephen Holden wrote, “He has the gift of comic gab like few other entertainers. Innately funny, endearing and acutely intelligent, he also has claws. For an audience, the possibility of being scratched, although remote, lends his humor a bracing edge.” Accompanied by his dashing longtime musical director, Tom Judson, Charles combines hilarious personal reminiscence, character sketches and superb storytelling through song into one glittering and glamorous evening in cabaret. Performances are on Sunday and Monday, January 29 and 30 at 7:30 pm in The Broadway, part of the Pride Arts Center at 4139 N Broadway. Busch will fittingly perform on the set of PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT which will be PFP’s first productionMore…

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Support PFP This Holiday Season

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”                     -Maya Angelou Dear Friend, Chicago has always been home to Pride Films and Plays, but this year, we made the big step of creating a physical artistic home at Pride Arts Center in Buena Park. While this is a huge move for us, we did it because of you. Yes, you. We saw there was a need for a permanent space where people from all different walks of life could be joined together to enjoy amazing and inspiring theater that is inclusive and a force for good. A place where the stories of the LGBTQ community could be heard and celebrated. Sadly, we are often reminded that our voices are ones that some want silenced, and this year has been no different. It’s more important than ever that we have these spaces available and waiting for us when we need them most. To be frank, Pride Arts Center is a huge undertaking. It will cost us $15,000 per month, every month, to continue this project, which we all know is desperately needed. There’s no other way toMore…

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She Fest

As Pride Films and Plays gears up for the opening of the Pride Arts Center in January, we are happy to announce that SheFest – formerly known as LezFest – will move from Mary’s Attic and for the first time be performed in The Broadway at 4139 N Broadway. SheFest (formerly LezFest) is a one-night variety show which celebrates queer, female-identified artists through music, movement, spoken word, storytelling, and stand-up comedy. It is co-produced by PFP company members Carolyn Reynolds and Kenzie Seibert and is directed by Tess Guilfoile. This year’s SheFest is Monday, December 12 at 7:30, and tickets are $15 for reserved seats and $10 for general admission tickets which can be purchased by calling 1 800 737 0984 or online at www.pridefilmsandplays.com. SheFest is a production of PFP’s team developing works with lesbian characters or themes which are essential viewing for all audiences.  The winner of 2015’s LezPlay contest was RESOLUTION, which has now been giving a full staged, Jeff Recommended production at Rivendell Theater, 5779 N Ridge, through November 20. And this spring, PFP is delighted to present the world premiere of Gina F ‘s comedy For The Love Of (or The Roller Derby Play) inMore…

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His & His II

Celebrate Valentine’s Day, February 14, with the second installment of His & His. This cabaret follows the development LGBT characters on Broadway, and celebrates the artists who wrote this great works. His & His II pays tribute to Jerry Herman. Christopher Pazdernik curates and directs, Nick Sula is the musical director. Tickets for His & His II on February 14 at 7:30 are $25 for Reserved Center Section Seats, or $20 for general admission. They can be reserved at 1 800 737 0984 or here. On March 30, 1970, the history of musical theater was changed forever with just two words from Lauren Bacall on opening night of Applause, the musical version of All About Eve. When she said “Bring him!” to her hairdresser Duane, Broadway finally had its first openly gay character in a musical paving the way for shows from La Cage Aux Follies to Fun Home. The third concert, on April 11 will explore those blazing the way into new forms of musical expression. Don’t miss this one night only special event!

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Gay Screenplay and Queer Bits Winners Announced

Still from “The Second First Date”– Winner of the Audience Award Congratulations to “The Second First Date” and “Breakfast” which were the recipients of the Audience Award and Jury Prize respectively at Pride Films and Plays’ Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III! Dozens of films were submitted for consideration to make their Chicago premieres; seven films were selected ranging in genre and LGBTQ+ representation. The Jury Prize was decided by a screening committee comprised of filmmakers and Pride Films and Plays company members following the festival on November 13. Patrons at Public House Theatre individually voted to select the winner of the Audience Award. Writer/Director Raquel Barrera’s short lesbian comedy “The Second First Date” is about two women giving love a second chance after an awful first date. The Spanish film boasts hilarious and winning performances by Lola Sans and Sara Lagares along with a quirky style all its own.     Official Poster for “Breakfast” – Winner of the Jury Prize Writer/Director Tyler Byrnes’ trippy thriller “Breakfast” follows a young couple whose anxieties and fears begin to show frightening manifestations. The short film has already been screened at ten festivals and displays the working class and industrial influences fromMore…

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Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III

Pride Films and Plays announces eight short films receiving their Chicago premieres during Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III at the Public House Theatre, 3914 N Clark, on November 13th, 2016 at 7pm. Dozens of entries were received from countries around the world for consideration. Pride Films and Plays’ Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III will showcase eight short films ranging in genres and subject matter. The program includes a chilling thriller about boyfriends dealing with their anxieties, a sexy comedy about two women giving their first date a second chance, an experimental exploration of a relationship, a quirky dramedy about a man opening up about his sexual fluidity, a timely drama about a transwoman exerting herself, and the world premiere of Pride Films and Plays’ first short film about an elderly woman accepting a heartbreaking reality. The screening begins at 7PM and will be followed by a brief talkback with the audience and special guests Dan Pal and Brittany Alsot whose films are official selections of Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III. The Public House Theater bar will be open beginning at 6PM. Please come early and have a drink with us! Warning: some of the short films containMore…

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Meet ‘Raggedy And’ Playwright David Valdes Greenwood

Pride Films and Plays has two world premiere productions on our season this year! And I thought you would enjoy hearing from David Valdes Greenwood about his life in the theater!Be the first to see this exciting and ground breading comedy by ordering tickets here. Performances begin March 10. Purchase tickets here.  Raggedy And runs March 10 to April 10 at Rivendell, 5779 N Ridge. What inspired you to become a writer? Are you from an ‘arts’ family – was their pressure to do other work? No one in my family was a writer but we were an arts family in one way: my Grandmother was church organist and choir director, and we all sang. We also all loved books, the kind of family in which everyone had the maximum number of borrowed books allowed at a time by the library. There was certainly no great embrace of my writing when it first started. I was the first to graduate from college and they all thought it was insane that I wanted to go to grad school, especially for writing. My grandmother insisted I return to my small town in Maine to get a real job and take care ofMore…

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Noel Coward’s “Design for Living”

Pride Films & Plays is excited to announce a new production of Design for Living, a sexy and seductive revival of this Noel Coward classic which will be directed by PFP Artistic Associate Derek Bertelsen, and running at Rivendell Theater to November 22. For tickets call 1 800 737 0984 or order on line using the link below. From 1930’s bohemian Paris to the dizzying heights of Manhattan society, a tempestuous love triangle unravels between a vivacious interior designer, Gilda, playwright Leo and artist Otto – three people unashamedly and passionately in love with each other. The cast features Carmen Molina* (Gilda), Kevin Webb* (Leo), Matthew Gall (Otto) and PFP Artistic Associate Edward Fraim (Ernest). Initially banned in the UK and premiering on Broadway in 1933, “Design for Living” is a stylish and scandalous comedy that takes a close look at three dazzling, egotistical creatures and their self-destructive dependence on each other. Other cast members include Nora Lise Ulrey (Helen Carver); Mike Newquist (Henry Carver); Joan McGrath* (Grace Torrence); Amber Snyder* (Miss Hodge); David Lipschutz (Matthew/photographer) and Connor Baty (Mr. Birbeck). The creative team for “Design for Living” includes PFP Artistic Associate John Nasca (Costume Design); Kendra Kingsbury (Dialect Coach);More…